Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park is another patch of wilderness that’s so tucked away that it’s a bit off the beaten path. Residing in eastern Nevada, adjacent to the Utah border, you almost have to make it a destination as it’s not necessarily on the way to anywhere, unless you happen to be one of those who call Ely, Nevada “somewhere.”

In the morning, it was up early to walk to the Bristlecone Pine grove. I’ve long been fascinated with these most ancient of trees, and was glad to walk among a new grove. You can find a few other of these ancient trees in this gallery.

Along the trail the Bristlecone Pine grove, looking out over the great basin.

One of the ancient giants, estimated to be over 4,000 years old

The afternoon was all about resting along the shores of Stella Lake, followed by a semi-epic climb, following a mountain goat trail, up towards Wheeler Peak. On the descent later that evening, we were surprised to find a flock of wild turkeys wandering by.

Stella Lake beneath Mt. Wheeler

Surprised by a flock of wild turkeys

Like so many national parks, I wanted more time to explore, but alas the road was bidding me on. I appreciate you being part of the journey…

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15 thoughts on “Great Basin National Park

  1. Very beautiful, and I think I’m add your post here to my Evernote Travel notebook to save as a “maybe one day” list. You of all people most likely have heard of this already, but the US has a National Park Passport book you can buy (http://www.eparks.com/store/product/22515/Passport%C2%AE-To-Your-National-Parks/). I found out about it while visiting the Everglades this year. Before I use to have a goal to visit every U.S. National Park–until I realized there were around 800 or so! I certainly never guessed that. Now, it’s more to stamp off as many as possible, and especially some favorites.

    • Yeah, I’ve seen people stamping those passport booklets, I sometimes throw a stamp in my journal, but otherwise the photographs are my record. I’ve worked for the NPS twice, but I didn’t realize there were that many parks!

      • Yea, I just liked the thing ^_^. I’ll have to check when I get home. It includes things that you wouldn’t traditionally consider a “park”–like historical significant sites as well.

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